New Video Does Not Show How Kendrick Johnson Died

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VALDOSTA, Ga. — Wednesday afternoon, under the order of a Valdosta Superior Court judge, the Lowndes County sheriff’s office released hundreds of clips of surveillance video to the Johnson’s attorneys and members of the media.

But the new video does not provide any obvious clues as to how Johnson’s body got into a rolled up gym mat 10 months ago. In fact, the video may have only added to the confusion of this story. If that’s possible.

Of the nearly 40 cameras in and around the old gym at Lowndes High School, only one appears to show the rolled up mats in the corner of the gym — the area where Johnson’s body was found. The images appear blurry (a sheriff’s investigator explains that particular camera was hit with a ball) and the angle doesn’t show the tops of the mats.

According to Lt. Stryde Jones with the Lowndes County sheriff’s office, because some of the cameras are motion activated, they didn’t capture Johnson entering the mat because he didn’t come within range of the motion sensors.

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